Kunle Olukotun, the Cadence Design Systems Professor and professor of electrical engineering and of computer science, recently received the IEEE Computer Society’s 2018 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award. The award honors outstanding achievements in the information processing field and recognizes singular and accumulated contributions to the theory, design and practice of computer and information processing.
As the leader of the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor research project, Olukotun was recognized for his innovative work in multicore processor design. He made significant advances in the development of transactional memory technology to simplify multicore programming, and he also pioneered the use of domain-specific languages for programming heterogeneous computer systems. Olukotun is the founder of Afara Websystems and the developer of the multicore processor Niagara, acquired by Sun Microsystems. Niagara derived microprocessors currently power all Oracle SPARC-based servers.
Olukotun now leads the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab, which focuses on making heterogeneous parallel computing easy to use, and he is a member of the Data Analytics for What’s Next (DAWN) Lab, which is developing infrastructure for usable machine learning.
Harry H. Goode Memorial awardees receive a bronze medal and $2,000 for their achievements. Olukotun will be honored at the IEEE Computer Society annual awards ceremony on June 6 in Phoenix.